The family that serves together

Mick and I have always had our own volunteer work. I volunteer with the Junior League of San Diego and Just in Time for Foster Youth, focusing on issues of emancipating foster youth, while Mick focuses on helping veterans through his work with the American Legion. It’s not that we don’t both feel passionately about both causes, it’s just that we started that way and it’s always been easier to stay that way.

Recently, I joined the American Legion Auxiliary. Mick spends so much time traveling and working with the Legion that we don’t spend much of our leisure time together now, so I decided to take a “if you can’t beat then, join them” approach. So now we’re both in Redding, California for the California conferences of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary and I’m remembering how well it used to work when we each focused on our own things. He’s a rising star in his organization and I am a newborn baby, figuratively speaking, in mine.

This is not what I’m used to and that’s a good thing. New experiences, especially those that push me into an uncomfortable place, always make me feel stronger afterwards. Doing things as a couple will strengthen our relationship. Etcetera, etcetera. It’s tough and I’m nervous but I know that I want to be a part of this organization and I’m going to make this work.

Have any of you recently struggled with not being “the best” at something? I’ve forgotten how to be OK being vulnerable in new situations, so any wise words you’d like to share would be really helpful.